Floods leave at least 30 dead in Balochistan, Pakistan

July 24th, 2010 - 1:19 am ICT by BNO News  

QUETTA, PAKISTAN (BNO NEWS) – At least 30 people were killed and hundreds of houses were swept away by floods triggered by heavy rains in the Balochistan province of Pakistan, local television reported on Friday.

According to Geo Television, fifteen bodies have been recovered while fifteen more are yet to be recovered. The floods struck the districts of Barkhan and Kohlu.

The rain started to fall on early Thursday and lasted several hours. The local meteorological office said that it recorded 2.2 inches of rain during the storm.

Several villages were submerged in the flood hit areas. Train service have been suspended as the railway track was swept away in five different sectors.

An emergency flood center comprised of 16 departments was established by the Irrigation Flood Division because of more possible floods as a 24-hour monitoring flood situation is underway at the center.

The Pakistani Red Crescent Society will provide food and medicines for the next three months to 15,000 people of the worst-affected areas of Barkhan district.

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